Flooding, Flooding, Flooding
Flooding meets its match
Ships have an uncanny ability to either save your life or end it.
Although noble, when a ship starts sinking, not many really want to go down with it. While precautions are always in place to help ensure that doesn't happen, life can throw a big wrench into things.
The USS Buttercup, located at Farrier Firefighting School in Norfolk, has been helping Sailors work around those wrenches by ensuring Sailors are trained to keep their ship afloat.
Although it has a funny name, the training is serious. Elements of an actual flood are mimicked perfectly: cold, dark, hectic. Water is flooding in from every which way, pitting Sailors against real world scenarios they could find themselves in at the drop of a hat.
"Overall, the importance of the Buttercup is to give a real life scenario, or a real life situation, to pipe patching, bulkhead repair and shoring," said Damage Controlman 1st Class Kreig Newton, an instructor at Farrier. "Stuff you will see and be able to do in case you hit something."
Newton has been at Farrier for about three years and has seen more than 40,000 students go through the various trainings. That's more than 40,000 Sailors that have been trained to save lives and ensure the safety of the ship.